Throughout American history, there have been many inspirational stories about young adults who have grown from an unstable childhood to a world famous actor or actress. These individuals have the most inspiring stories of how he or she overcame the loss of love from parents, or struggle from a hard life in fostercare to become a world famous icon. The story of Marilyn Monroe embraces this. Marilyn’s life story tells of how she grew from a childhood of lost love from both parents to become one of the biggest sex symbols alive.
Marilyn was born as Norma Jeane Baker on June 1 1926 (“Marilyn Monroe” Bio online) to Gladys Pearl Baker who was a film technician (“Marilyn” Scribner online). Marliyn never completely knew either of her parents as a young child. Marilyn’s mother Gladys suffered from extreme mental illnesses and couldn’t parent Marilyn as she should (Peterson online). Glady’s also never had a close bond to Marilyn’s father C. Stanley Gifford (Marilyn Grolier 170), therefore, Marilyn was never introduced to her real father (“Marilyn Bio online).”
Due to her mother suffering from a severe mental illness and the lack of attention from her real father, Marilyn spent many years with an alternate family. “Shortly after birth Norma Jeane (Marilyn Monroe) was sent 16 miles away to foster care” (Peterson online). From the time she was sent away to foster care Marilyn had believed “that her mother did not want her and that she always got in the way” (Woog 7). After years in foster care Marilyn went to live with her mother in 1933. (Woog 8).
Throughout her life, Marilyn went through many marriages and many divorces. Marilyn attended Van Nuys High School but dropped out at the early age 14 to marry (“Marilyn” Scribner online). After dropping out of high school, Marilyn got married to Jim Dougherty in June of 1942 at age 16 (Peterson online). Her second marriage was to Joe DiMaggio (baseball player) in 1954 (Woog 15). Marilyn’s last marriage was to playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 (Woog 16).
“On the outside she seemed to have it all money, fame, the love of fans, and attention from powerful handsome men. Yet, her life was heartbreakingly sad and she was constantly not happy with her life” (Woog 6). “She was the ultimate sex symbol, but yearned for the everyday pleasures of motherhood” (Woog 9). With loss of love from her mother and pressure from always being in public’s eye got Monroe into the unhealthy habit of taking sleeping pills (“Marilyn” Groiler 171). “In January 1962 Marilyn began to be tired of being “Marilyn” she suffered panic attacks and had grown to fear cameras” (Peterson online). On August 5 1962 Marilyn passed away due to suicide (“Marilyn” Bio online).
Marilyn acted in several movies including her first movie in 1950 All About Eve
and although her roles were small audiences were captivated by her unique combination of sexiness and vulnerability (“Marilyn” American 43). “In the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she was cast...